Brunswick, Ohio – The Brunswick High School Men’s Soccer Team finally won their 2018 home opener, 5-3, over visiting cross-town rival, Medina Highland, on Wednesday evening. Brunswick now leads the all-time series by a 7-2-0 margin.
Brunswick’s first match the season against Padua was cancelled due to weather eight minutes into the contest. This match was played over two days, as the original game was called due to weather as well. The first 12 minutes of the match was played on Tuesday. It produced two quick goals, one from each side.
Highland’s Eli Fragnoli scored 1:49 into the contest, after he cleaned up a direct free kick into the box. Fortunately, Brunswick’s sophomore captain, Cole Parete, was able to answer a few moments later. The midfielder received a pass from junior midfielder and captain, Justin Hagler, about 40 yards from goal. Parete unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot from 37 yards that Highland’s senior goalkeeper, Ben Petersen, gave an effort to, but could not come up with.
Unfortunately, that was not the only thunderbolt as before the game could kick-off again, the officials halted the game for lightning. The game was delayed an hour before being scheduled to resume on Wednesday.
In the remainder of the first half on Wednesday, Brunswick started to fire on all cylinders. In the 21st minute, senior forward Garrett Shay got behind the backline of Highland and raced to the goal off a wonderful through pass from Hagler. Shay finished past Petersen for the 2-1 lead. Moments later, the Shay-Hagler duo was at it again, but this time Shay was pulled down in the box for a penalty kick. Parete converted the penalty kick for the 3-1 lead. Shay continued to wreak havoc on the Hornet defense scoring another break away at the 37:00 mark.
Brunswick headed into the intermission up 4-1.
In the second half, Brunswick continued right where they left off. After a foul 22 yards from goal, Hagler fired a masterful freekick past Petersen for the 5-1 lead. However, the Hornets, would fight back and make things interesting at the end, through two goals from Fragnoli, who ended up with a hattrick for the game, to make the score 5-3.
The Blue Devil defense was able to hold on though, eventually winning the contest by that 5-3 margin.
Sophomore goalkeeper Gavyn Ernst earned the win on two saves. Petersen made six saves in the loss. Ernst’s record is now 1-0-0 for the season, while Petersen’s drops to 0-2-0.
Coach Dotson was thought Shay was fantastic throughout the match. “Garrett’s blend of pace, finishing and fantastic off the ball running made the difference tonight. There were moments where no one could catch him and he made them pay. I thought he was brilliant all night.”
Shay earned Man of the Match Honors for the game for his offensive explosion.
Brunswick next travel to cross-county rival, Wadsworth, this Saturday for a 5:00 pm kickoff. The women’s team’s follow the men’s game a 7:00 pm.
FOR ADDITIONAL BHS MEN’S SOCCER INFORMATION, please contact Head Coach Ben Dotson via telephone at (330) 273-0496 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further BHS Athletics Information, please visit the school’s athletics website at www.bluedevilathletics.org.